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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal For Solomon SL-30

For Solomon SL-30

Item # 0553
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$68.20

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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal For Solomon SR-965

For Solomon SR-965

Item # 0562
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$68.20

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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal For Weller WES51

For Weller WES51

Item # 0556
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StewMac HeatStick for Neck Removal

About This Item

Remove glued necks with no damaging steam
The HeatStick™ uses the heat of your soldering iron to soften the glue in a guitar's neck joint for removing the neck.

The HeatStick replaces the old method of injecting steam into the joint, so delicate finishes are spared the damaging effects of hot steam. Use the HeatStick with our Neck Removal Jig or any other neck-removal system.

Thanks to repairman Ian Davlin for inventing this dry heat concept, and to repairman Gene Imbody for adapting it for soldering irons.

Neck joint trouble creates high action
Years of string tension take their toll on a guitar. The pressure distorts the body near the neck joint, changing the neck angle. String action becomes too high to play.

Lowering the bridge saddle compensates for this up to a point, but if the saddle can't be lowered any farther it's necessary to remove the neck and reglue it at a corrected angle (a "neck reset").

Don't add to the problem! The traditional way to release a glued neck joint is by piping steam from boiling water into the joint. That much water damages delicate finishes, and can loosen braces and neck blocks. That's why we've developed the HeatStick. The HeatStick works well with our Neck Removal Jig.

    Specifications
  • Heat tempered copper
  • Diameter: .125" (3.18mm)
  • Available to fit Solomon or Weller soldering irons
  • Includes 2 bits for drilling pilot and access holes

The HeatStick is for acoustic guitar necks with heels that are over 2" tall, you can also modify it to work for shorter neck joints like electric or archtop necks.

Depending on the type of glue and fit of the neck joint, we found that setting the soldering station on its highest setting yielded the best and fastest results.

Dimensions: Mounting connection for Solomon and Weller


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


Works exactly as described-makes for a less messy neck removal.

5.0

Great tool!

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Verified Buyer


Great tool, got a difficult neck removal job accomplished. First HeatStick separated from the base, customer service sent me a replacement promptly and I was able to finish the job. Thanks!

5.0

Time and clean up saver!

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Verified Buyer


I’ve been using the steam method for removing necks for the last 15 or so years and decided to take a chance on this product. Worked great - saved some precious time especially when it comes to clean up however what everybody says about using it with a Weller WESD 51 it doesn’t work well as the handle came off in the middle of a removal. Only downside is the hole you have to plug it isn’t very well hidden with a fret. Highly recommend.

5.0

Excellent!

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Verified Buyer


Having performed many neck removals using a steam nozzle I decided the heatstick was worth a try.
Wow, I'm now converted! It worked much better than I anticipated & I had a Martin neck off within 20 minutes. It came off very cleanly without the hot wet mess & finish blushing that you get when steaming.
I don't have a Solomon soldering station and was wary of using a Weller because of all the problems that other reviewers have commented about on here. So I ordered the Solomon SL30 stick & I used it with a Draper 40-watt soldering iron (I reside in the UK & Draper irons are readily available here). The stick was very tight in the iron so I just sanded it down a bit to make it a nice fit.
It worked extremely well and the iron had no problems coping with the heat for the extended period.
This is how I'm going to be doing neck resets from now on. There's no finishing touch-ups required & just the hole in the fretboard to be plugged.
Thanks StewMac you've made things so much easier for me.

5.0

First time user.

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Verified Buyer


The HeatStick worked as illustrated in the video. It took a little longer to heat up than I had anticipated but it did the job. I also purchased the Solomon SR-965 soldering iron for this application so now I have a new iron, which I needed. Good stuff !

4.0

Great help with removing a damaged glued neck!

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Verified Buyer


I was able to get the glued neck off of a LS replica with much more ease than steaming. It also was less impact on the body, no danger of steam damage to the finish. By using the heat to loosen the glue, it really made the removal quicker and less stressful.

5.0

Outstanding!!

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Verified Buyer


I may run into a special circumstance where I'll need the steam pot again but, since I bought the Heatstick, it's become my GOTO.

Allowed me to remove the neck on this Mossman Golden Era, with no damage to the intricate vine inlay.

5.0

Old dog learns new trick

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Verified Buyer


I initially resisted getting one of these because I thought it was a solution looking for a problem. I've used steam to remove necks for years and have never had a problem. Any blushing caused by the steam wiped off with Behkol and a quick buff. This tool looked like a slow way to do things, and time is money in a pro repair shop. And the larger fretboard hole... no thanks.

Recently I met Ian Davlin, one of the developers of this tool, and heard him speak favorably about using dry heat. With two vintage neck resets to do in the shop this week, I decided to give the heat stick a try. I already own a Solomon SL-30 soldering station.

I have to say, after giving the heat stick a test drive on an old Harmony Sovereign, I'm sold. Yes it took longer than steam, and the insert hole is larger than that needed for a steam needle, but I love the slower pace and the control, not to mention how nice and clean everything is without the hot wet steam all over. The extra time (it took 30 minutes to get the neck off this one, the glue seemed to be a mix of thick hide glue and crusty white glue) will mostly be made up for by not having any finish to work on. I'll chalk up a well-made and color matched plug for the hole to be part of the process.

The Sovereign neck was not easy to get off. I can see this tool working really well and taking less time on Martins. Glad I decided to get it.

5.0

Great tool!

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Verified Buyer


I had a satin finish Gibson that I really didn't want to steam for fear of finish blushing etc, and this did the trick! I can now set the neck with no need to following up with finish work.

1.0

Great Idea but terrible for the expensive soldering pens

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Verified Buyer


I was really excited to try this tool out and think that it's a brilliant idea, but using it with expensive plastic handled soldering pens is flawed. When the stick is upright in the joint, heat travel directly up to the plastic handle. As the stick will bind a bit from the softened glue, the soldering pen will pull apart. At $50 plus shipping for a new Weller pen, I'm afraid to try it again. Not sure if the same applies to the Solomon pens, but my Weller pulled apart in the middle of my first use.

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